Japan’s Kohei Uchimura put in a classy all-around performance to take gold in the men’s gymnastics at the London Olympics here Wednesday.
Uchimara put in five near-flawless routines, and despite a four-point landing on the floor, the Beijing silver medallist held on to win with 92.690 points.
“I’ve been aiming for this for a long time and now I have achieved it,” Uchimara said. “It’s a dream.”
“I have been world champion in the all-around three times in a row, but this is an different feeling. The Olympics are only once in four years so I have been waiting for this moment.”
Marcel Nguyen of Germany scored 91.03 for an unlikely silver on the final rotation when Uchimara’s teammate Kazuhito Tanaka fell off the pommel horse.
“It’s amazing, it’s a dream come true. I had an difficult start. I started on pommel horse and that’s my weakest event, but it went better from apparatus to apparatus,” Nguyen said.
America’s Daniel Leyva took the bronze after a strong final routine on the high bar, scoring 90.698.
British favourite Kristian Thomas’s challenge slipped on the vault, when he stumbled on landing a double pike to score 14.9.
A mid-16s score that he was expected to achieve would have placed him in medal contention.
As it was he finished seventh, on 89.406.